Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. Hab. 3:17 ‐18
Many people have become Christians and even joined a church, but they have not grown confidence in God. At every trouble that comes their way, they panic and start to go everywhere in search for help. If we are capable to sort things out without God’s help, why then should we need God in our life?
In most cases, the lack of confidence is a result of lack of information. When one is not well informed about something, he is unlikely to trust its ability to help him. Likewise, when a Christian does not give himself to the knowledge of God’s word, his confidence in God will be very low and as such, he will not rely on God in times of trouble.
To be confident in God is to have firm trust in His ability to help you. It is a feeling of reliance and assurance even against the odds of what you see. You may not know how the proceeding of things may be or how things are going to work out, but you are certain about the future. You know deep within you that the outcome of the situation is in your favour.
You see, confidence in God does not rely on what you see around you, but on God’s ability. In the opening scripture, despite the drought season in his life that shows no hope of a harvest, the prophet has confidence in God’s ability to bring him salvation. He is sure that when all things are said and done, he will have his salvation. The surroundings may say differently but his confidence in God assures him that things are going to work out just fine for him.
To develop confidence in God requires reading God’s word. The more informed about God the more you will know Him and the more you will trust Him. When you become knowledgeable of God, you will start to speak assertively, boldly, because you are sure of His ability. There will be a strong conviction in you that God is going to do what he said He would. Nothing will be too fearful for you to face.
The psalmist said, yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me, Psalms 23:4. The rod was marked with testimonies of God’s deliverance in the past, and it was a reminder to him of what God had previously done to deliver him. This gave him comfort that he was not alone.
You too, develop your confidence in God by acknowledging God’s previous acts of deliverance in your life.
I have confidence in God. I will not be afraid for God is my help. He will never leave me nor forsake me. I put my trust in His word. He shall perform His word in my life. in Jesus name, amen.